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Close approach of Venus and M45

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Venus and M45 will make a close approach, passing within 0°15' of each other.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 19:39 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 40° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:26.

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Venus will be at mag -4.4; and M45 will be at mag 1.3. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and M45 around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 03h47m40s +23°51' Taurus -4.4 26"4
M45 03h47m30s +24°06' Taurus 1.3 109'59"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 03 April 2020
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


10 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:46 11:26 17:05
Venus 08:16 15:50 23:25
Moon 14:14 21:28 03:57
Mars 03:37 08:24 13:10
Jupiter 03:06 07:50 12:34
Saturn 03:27 08:16 13:05
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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